Must Have Direct Sales Tools – The Party Bank

Lynsey – I was just curious if you can explain the party bank to me a little more. I am trying to get a more in depth knowledge of these tools and how to use them. – Erica Ardali, Passion Parties Consultant

Hey Erica! Absolutely!   A Party Bank is a place to keep a running list of people who have said they “want to have a party after… blah blah blah.”  Here is a video to show you just exactly how it works -

How many times has someone told you, “I have got to have one of these parties when my house is finished!” Or maybe “My friend is getting married this summer. I’m going to call you!” So many times we let that money (not to mention the potential recruits) walk right out the door. That person who was so excited may lose your business card within hours of the party. By the time they want to book they may have run into another consultant or maybe even someone from another company who was ready to accommodate them. Now you will be ready!

This Party Bank is designed to remind you of all of those “when’s” and keep you organized and on top of your Customer Care. When someone tells you they want to book a party when *whatever happens* you’ll be ready to meet their needs. In the process you will be the most professional Consultant that person has ever come into contact with.

Here is how it works… Let’s say its January and Joan tells you that she wants to book a party but her house is being remodeled and won’t be finished until March. Put all of Joan’s contact information on your March pages as if you are booking her along with the fact she is remodeling her home. Then Sheila comes back to the order room and tells you her friend is getting married in May, and she thinks this would be fun. Turn to May and plug her in! Then here comes Melissa who mentions that she and her husband are celebrating their 25th anniversary in October. After she leaves the ordering room, write it down.

In February call Joan to see how the house plans are coming or maybe drop a card in the mail to her that says…Can’t wait to see your house when it’s finished! She will be so impressed that you are staying in touch with her. She’ll probably give you a call to book her party. If not give it a couple more weeks and call back. If the house is taking longer than expected simply move her in your Party Bank. I would send Sheila a card in early March to let her know your calendar is filling fast so if she wants to treat her friend to a girl’s night out in May it’s time to book! She will also be impressed that you remembered. Who knows the wedding plans may still be on or they may not. If not then she needs a stress relief party! Then there was Melissa who mentioned that she’s celebrating her 25th anniversary. Won’t she be so surprised to receive a happy and a discount coupon in the mail from you 10 months later!

If you get in the habit of listening you will become the professional business woman you always wanted to be and your customers will be very impressed!

“Baking” Up Some Romance – Passion Parties Review & #Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the 2012 Diva Holiday Gift Guide from Party Plan Divas! Every day in November I will be highlighting some of the hottest products from the Direct Sales Industry – along with tons of great giveaways – from Independent Consultants across the USA. Help support small businesses this Holiday Season by shopping from Party Plan Consultants and make a difference in someone’s life! You are going to be shopping this season for your loved ones, why not help some one directly by buying through an Independent Consultant in Party Plan? Thanks for stopping by! Happy Shopping!

When Independent Passion Consultant Lisanne Roy said she was sending me a “No Bake Cupcake set” from Passion Parties for the Diva Holiday Gift Guide,  I was a bit… well, confused.   When did Passion Parties take up selling pastries? 

Treat your lover to the sweetest holiday treat this season – YOU!   Delicious and oh so decadent, you’ll keep them coming back for more. Includes Strawberry Creamsicles Edible Massage cream, Candylicious Cotton Candy enhancement gel, White Chocolate RomantaTherapy Passion Powder with feather, and Strawberry flavored Nipple Nibblers.

Now, this is about as risque as I get on this blog – and the only review you are getting from me is that all of the products taste just exactly as they are described. ;)

What I will also say though is that I totally appreciate companies creating products that support togetherness and playfulness – especially this time of year.  Did you know that more divorces are filed in January than any other month of the year?   According to Psychology Today, January is considered “Divorce Month” with so many couples calling it quits after the holidays.  It’s no doubt that life gets more hectic the closer we get to the end of the year, and I love that companies like Passion Parties are creating products to help counteract that trend with some great “together play” gift sets.

Passion Parties has been a leader in the Romance Industry for over 15 years.  Through in-home, ladies only, tasteful shows, women are encouraged and empowered to help spice things up at home and keep the romance alive.  With a strong focus on monogamy, Passion Parties is helping to bring the divorce rate down, one healed marriage at a time.

We believe that anyone in a committed, loving relationship can benefit from Passion Parties’ products. Our line of love potions, sensual accessories and adult toys open lines of communication and add an exciting new dimension of pleasure and fun.

You can check out everything that Passion Parties has to offer on Lisanne’s website – http://www.lisanneroy.com/
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Surprise Parties Review and #Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the 2012 Diva Holiday Gift Guide from Party Plan Divas! Every day in November I will be highlighting some of the hottest products from the Direct Sales Industry – along with tons of great giveaways – from Independent Consultants across the USA. Help support small businesses this Holiday Season by shopping from Party Plan Consultants and make a difference in someone’s life! You are going to be shopping this season for your loved ones, why not help some one directly by buying through an Independent Consultant in Party Plan? Thanks for stopping by! Happy Shopping!

I love bath and body products.  I have a double sink vanity and the cabinets underneath are absolutely jam packed with wonderful smelling soaps, scrubs, lotions, and oils.  My favorite way to relax is in my big garden tub with whichever set of the dozens I choose from beneath my vanity.  The Surprise Parties new Guavalava set that Independent Consultant Melissa Dewitt sent for the Holiday Gift Guide has certainly become one of my favorite ways to unwind.

Guavalava Salt Scrub  – Intense Daily Treatment for Hands, Body And Feet. Long lasting…..moisturizing…… rejuvenating.

Guavalava Massage Candle – Fragrant Natural Soy-Oil Candle burns longer & cleaner – Melts into a warming, silky massage oil Penetrates and moisturizes skin- 8 Natural Oils including Hemp Seed, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Avocado, and Almond leave skin soft and smooth.

Guavalava Body Mist and Body Lotion- My Favorites out of the whole set – A fragrant, refreshing spray that moisturizes and invigorates your skin, and a lotion with a great soft smell that lasts all day long.  I absolutely love the scent, although I cant pinpoint what the smell actually IS, but Mike also loves it and tells me I smell great every time I come out of the bath.  Gotta love that!  ;)

Since 1988 Surprise Parties has been offering an exquisite line of lingerie, bath and body, and romancing enhancing products throughout the USA and Canada.  “Designed for both the timid and the bold, the Surprise Parties® Collection is a tribute to closeness and communication, which will ultimately keep relationships together.” Based in Lebanon Tennessee, Surprise Parties is helping women to be empowered both in and out of the bedroom.  ” We’re not only building women’s sexuality and sensuality, but also their self esteem “ – Sue Rhea, Founder

You can check out everything that Surprise Parties has to offer on Melissa’s website – http://melissadewitt.surpriseparties.com

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Stay Warm This Season with Party Gals Review and #Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the 2012 Diva Holiday Gift Guide from Party Plan Divas! Every day in November I will be highlighting some of the hottest products from the Direct Sales Industry – along with tons of great giveaways – from Independent Consultants across the USA. Help support small businesses this Holiday Season by shopping from Party Plan Consultants and make a difference in someone’s life! You are going to be shopping this season for your loved ones, why not help some one directly by buying through an Independent Consultant in Party Plan? Thanks for stopping by! Happy Shopping!

As the temps get lower, there is nothing better than snuggling up to the one you love.  Party Gals – one of the leading romance companies in the direct sales industry – has got everything you need to stay warm this holiday season.

Party Gals has been synonymous with home parties for over 16 years and has transformed people’s lives! That’s best part of the Party Gals Experience… the lives that we touch and transform. From the girl next door who just wants to get a couple girls together, the seasoned party hostess who books a party every few months, or the couples who are looking to broaden their horizons, every party is a chance to open your mind and learn, taste, touch, feel, and share in the comfort of your own home.

Independent Party Gals Consultant Te’Amo Edwards sent me the Alluring Evening Gift Set and Massage Candle for the Diva Holiday Gift Guide.  This exclusive Body Scrub and Body Butter will “transform your dry skin to soft, supple, beg to be touched skin.”  As someone who suffers from chronically dry skin year round, I can attest to this claim – big time.  My skin looked, felt, and smelled amazing.

The Alluring Evening scent is light Vanilla and sweet Cotton Candy – the perfect scent to set the mood with just the right amount of fragrance– not too much perfume yet a soft and lovely scent.  When paired with the Ambrosia Candle you can literally fill the room with a romantic, sexy fragrance to spend a perfect “warm” night in.   If you are looking to really heat things up, try Party Gals Liquerwish – a flavored enhancement cream for her.   All Party Gals products are tastefully and discreetly packaged to keep even the feistiest of tastes confidential.

You can check out all of Party Gals products, hostess rewards, and opportunity on Te’Amo’s website – http://www.orgasmicpleasures.biz/

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Clever Container $35 Giftcard Giveaway

Thanks for stopping by the 2012 Diva Holiday Gift Guide from Party Plan Divas! Every day in November I will be highlighting some of the hottest products from the Direct Sales Industry – along with tons of great giveaways – from Independent Consultants across the USA. Help support small businesses this Holiday Season by shopping from Party Plan Consultants and make a difference in someone’s life! You are going to be shopping this season for your loved ones, why not help some one directly by buying through an Independent Consultant in Party Plan? Thanks for stopping by! Happy Shopping!

It’s no question that one of my absolute favorite things in the whole World is organizing stuff.  For as far back as I can remember I would spend hours going through the Office Depot catalog the way most kids went through the Toys-R-Us catalog.  Its just always been my “thing.”  So when I discovered Clever Container – a Home Party company offering organizing tools for every room – to say I was ecstatic is the understatement of the year.

We’re all about organizing, functionality, ideas, and fun! We have fabulous products to help you organize your life. We’ll provide clever & helpful tips whether you are just getting started on your organizational journey or are already an organizing “junkie.” We offer excellent incentives and free products whether you host a party or join our team. So fulfill your curiosity and contact us for more information.

Clever Container offers organizing solutions for every room in your home, office, and even the car! My favorite Clever Container product is my Swing Away car organizer – it keeps my car tidy while still holding toys for the girls, books and magazines for when I am sitting in the car line at school, AND my favorite – the drink holders so I dont have to worry about the girls spilling a drink in the back seat.  Yes, my car has cup holders, but the Clever Container Swing Away is much more secure than the little fold out cup holders ever could be.

Holly Gibson, Independent Consultant for Clever Container, is offering one lucky winner a $35 gift card to choose any organizing product from their awesome new catalog.   You can check out everything Clever Container has to offer at Holly’s website – www.mycleverbiz.com/hwgibson

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Halloween Themed Party Games for Party Plan Consultants

I love hosting theme parties with my Party Plan Business.  It’s a great way to break up the monotony of doing the same ‘ole party every time.  With Halloween just a few weeks away, I wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween Themed Party Games that you can begin using as early as October 1st!   Check places like Party City with these Party City Coupons to stock up on candy and decorations and you can give a “spooky” feel to your party easily and economically!

Who Am I?

When a guest arrives a name tag or piece of paper is placed on their back and they are told that by the end of the party they must guess what it says.   Note: You can choose to use product names, names associated with Halloween or Fall.

This is done by asking other guests ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about what the paper says. They are not allowed to read it themselves, nor are they allowed to ask someone else what it says.

When they guess correctly, they win a prize like a candy bar or maybe a sample or Gardening Gift.

What’s In A Name?

Give each guest an index card and pen.  Have each guest write as many candy names as they can in one minute.  You can use an online stopwatch to time them.   You could also pass around a bag or tray with candy on it and have them write down the ones they remember seeing on the tray – one point for everyone one right!

You can vary this game by having them list things like “reasons to be your own boss” or “reasons to have a *company* party” instead of candy names as well.

What Do You Carry?

As you are going through your party presentation, randomly call out letters from the alphabet and the first person to hold up something from their purse with an item that starts with that letter gets a piece of candy.  The person with the most candy at the end of the show wins.  This is a funny one when you see what people think of with each letter.

The Great Pumpkin

Give each party goer a piece of paper or index card to draw on.  Then give these instructions:

1. First, draw the Great Pumpkin in the middle of the paper 2. To the left of your Great Pumpkin, draw a a little pumpkin so he is not lonely. 3. You are surrounded by vines, so go ahead and draw those in.  4. This is a Pumpkin Patch, and every pumpkin patch needs a Scarecrow. Draw a scarecrow in your patch.  5. Halloween is when bats come out to play, so put some bats in the air 6. Do you have a Happy Great Pumpkin or a Scary Great Pumpkin?  Go ahead and draw in his happy or scary face.  7. Draw a Halloween Moon in the sky.

NOW YOU CAN OPEN YOUR EYES! How does it look???? Pass paper to the person on your left for Grading:

If the pumpkin is in the middle – 10 points
If the little pumpkin is to the left of the Great Pumpkin, but not touching – 10 points
If there are more than 2 vines – 15 points
The base of the scarecrow is near the ground – 20 points
More than two bats in the air – 20 points
The face is actually ON the Great pumpkin – 20 points
If the moon is in the sky, but not touching any other part of the picture – 15 points

Perfect score is 110

These are great games to help pass the time while you are waiting for tardy guests to arrive or just to break up the party presentation if things start to drag.  Games are a way to keep the party fun and not boring, while making people laugh.  Remember, the more FUN your guests have, the more they will want to party with you again!

What are some of your favorite Party Games?

Tips For A Great Customer eNewsletter

Try Constant Contact FREE for 60 days!Offering a Customer Newsletter (or eNewsletter) is one of the most TIME effective and COST effective things you can do to increase your Party Plan Business in big ways.  Reports show that companies that use eNewsletters have seen an increase in business both in first time sales and even larger increase in returning sales.   eNewsletters can also increase your customer loyalty, referrals, and enhance your reputation as an “expert” in your field.

But how do you know you are writing a great eNewsletter?  Here are some tips for making each eNewsletter that you send an exciting, effective marketing tool.

Carefully plan out your content.

Each eNewsletter should include these five vital pieces:

  • a welcome note from you
  • a product highlight and/or special with testimonials
  • hostess rewards with a call to action to “book your party now”
  • information on the business opportunity with a call to action to “join my team”
  • and an informational article relating to your industry

The welcome note should be a personal, upbeat note in your own words that thanks your readers for reading the newsletter, tells a bit about something you might be “excited” about, things going on with your business etc.  Make sure it is positive and upbeat – it will most likely be the first thing your customer reads.  Make sure it makes a great first impression.

Always highlight a single product or product bundle with a link to purchase going directly to that product check out page if possible.  Include a picture, description, sale or special if applicable, and a testimonial – even if it is your own!   Include a call to action (“Order Now While Supplies Last”) to create a sense of urgency and inspire your reader to purchase.

Hostess Rewards and Opportunity should be in every single eNewsletter you send out!  You never know who might receive your mailing at “just the right time” for them to book a party or join your team.  Your Hostess Rewards should include the sales or specials for the upcoming month – encouraging bookings early in your month to help “front load” your month to increase your monthly volume.  Also include a call to action with these as well.

A Informational Article turns your eNewsletter into a resource instead of simply a sales page.  By offering “free” information – tips, ideas, strategies, etc – your readers will come to know that your eNewsletters are full of useful information for them – even if they do not intend to purchase at this time.  Instead of simply deleting the eNewsletter, they are more inclined to open it to see what they might learn.  Your readers will be drawn in with the article, and may venture over to reading your sales pieces as well.  Either way you are continuing to show that you are knowledgeable in your field and willing to share what you know.

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Build Your eNewsletter List.

Even if you have the best, most well written eNewsletter EVER – if no one is receiving it, your business is not going to benefit at all.   The larger your mailing list, the more beneficial each eNewsletter will be.

At your parties, ask your party goers for their email address to add to your email newsletter list.  If you are using the “Three Ways to Be Involved” introduction at your parties, include the eNewsletter offer when talking about benefits of being a customer or client.

Write a report or eBook to offer for free to everyone who signs up to your eNewsletter.   eNewsletter software such as Constant Contact give you the option of creating an auto responder which can give your brand new readers a free eBook or report when they opt-in to receive your eNewsletter.  The report can be “Top Ten Tips” for your industry, a great “how to” report, etc.  Remember, YOU are an expert – and the training you receive from your company is meant to build your business.  Share what you know!

Invite people to join your eNewsletter via your Social Media outlets, email, voice mail, etc.  With an Opt-In form – which most all eNewsletter software offer you – you can offer the opportunity for people to sign up for your eNewsletter no matter where they live, what time zone they are in, etc.  Your Opt-In form will be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  So spread the word about your Newsletter on your Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, account, LinkdIn, in the side bar of your blog, in the signature on your email – everywhere!

Timing Is Everything.

The whole foundation of Party Plan Divas is a Time Management System that I have specifically created for Party Plan Consultants.  If you follow the Diva Success System, you know that I recommend your eNewsletters are sent out on the 20th day of each month.   This may go against other trainings you have seen that suggest sending them out near the beginning of the month, but let me explain why the 20th is an ideal time frame for your eNewsletter.

Sending later in the month creates that sense of urgency with your sales and specials because the “offer” is only good for another 10 or so days.   When you receive a “sale” that is good for an entire month, it is easy for a customer to think “oh, I want that, but it can wait till next payday.”  Chances are you will be long forgotten about by the time that next payday rolls around.

The 20th day of the month also gives you time to get some Hostess Coaching in – even if your Hostess books for the very first day of the next month!  Let’s say you send out your eNewsletter the morning of February 20th, and you receive an email or call of a hostess asking to have a party on March 1st – that gives you a full eight days to get invitations in the mail, get her some catalogs to show for outside orders, etc.  You can still get some of the vital Hostess Coaching steps in even with a party the very first day.

Likewise with the Business Opportunity information, most every Party Plan Company has a blueprint for getting started on the right track in the first month of her career.  With that in mind, you have the 8-11 days from the time the eNewsletter is mailed out until the first day of the following month to meet with her, tell her more about the opportunity, etc – even to schedule a KickOff Party if you choose to get her started at the beginning of the month and help her have a fantastic “first month in the business.”

With eNewsletter software you can also track your statistics to see who opened your eNewsletter, what they clicked on, and whether or not they shared or forwarded the email.  You can easily track what works – and what doesn’t!

 Be Consistent

With anything else in your business, consistency is key.   This is why I recommend The Diva Success System – it helps you to stay on track and solidify a system so that you can maintain consistency on every aspect of your Party Plan business.  Your eNewsletter readers will come to know and expect an email from you each month, and will look forward to readingTry Constant Contact FREE for 60 days! what you have in store for them every single month.  Sporadic, thrown together emails are obvious and annoying, and show disorganization within your business.  Create the habit, get in the routine, and give your eNewsletter the same priority as every other part of your business.

An email Newsletter is a phenomenal way to increase your business quickly, economically, and effectively right from your home.  You can work on your eNewsletter with your children at home, with or without a car in the driveway, or even in the middle of the night when you finally get some time to concentrate. You do not have to pick up the 600 pound phone, or worry about what you are going to “say” to someone.

Whatever your situation, you can begin right now to increase your business using an eNewsletter.

 

The 100 Club Challenge from Party Plan Divas

Are you ready to “Go All In” and set a BOLD Goal for 2012?  Join The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas!

Here are are nine days into the New Year…. and some of you are still struggling with setting your goals.  I know, I can totally understand – I used to be the same way.  I used to resist setting goals, avoid writing them down, conveniently “forget” to dial in on the Goal Setting calls…. trust me, I get it.

Goal setting is tough – whether you go SMART or BOLD.  It is hard to know exactly where to begin, and how do you get “specific” when what you want to say is “I want it all?!”  See, I told you I understand.

So to help you get started, and to give you a BOLD Goal to start with, I am issuing a Challenge to every single one of you to join The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas.  Check out this video to learn more:

Ready to jump in?  Great!  If you want to be a part of the challenge you can grab the button above for your blog or Facebook page, and if you want The 100 Club Challenge Form you can email partyplandivas@gmail.com and I will send it right over.

Remember this is for FUN and to get you excited and motivated about 2012!  Imagine what will happen to your business with 100 parties…. higher sales, more bookings, and new team members!!   You have the entire year, but get started now and see if you can put three parties on the books before you head to bed.  That’s BOLD!

I hope you will join in the Challenge with us, and be a part of The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas!  This is a simple, achievable goal if you set your mind to it, and it will increase every single other aspect of your Party Plan Business.  It is a bit BOLD, but that’s our motto this year – Go Bold or Go Home!  You can do it Diva!

See you at the top!!

 

PartyGals Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the Diva Holiday Gift Guide! Every day in November I will be highlighting some of the hottest new products with fantastic giveaways from Party Plan Consultants around the USA! Help support small businesses this Holiday Season by shopping from Party Plan Consultants and make a difference in someone’s life! You are going to be shopping this season for your loved ones, why not help some one directly by buying through an Independent Consultant in Party Plan? Happy Shopping!

Unwind from the stress of the season with the help of Party Gals!

Nothing says “relax” like a nice massage.  As the holidays get closer, I feel my anxiety level rise by the moment it seems.  That’s why I was so excited to receive a Super Deluxe Love Mitten from Brandelyn Harris, Independent Romance Consultant with Party Gals.  This super soft mitten has short nubbies on one side and long nubbies on the other side – taking all of the “work” out of a nice relaxing massage.  Paired with any kind of moisturizing lotion or oil and you have a perfect neck, back, or foot massage.  You can even turn it inside out and slide your feet in it – giving you a spa-like pedicure!

Party Gals has been synonymous with home parties for over 16 years and has transformed people’s lives! That’s best part of the Party Gals Experience… the lives that we touch and transform. From the girl next door who just wants to get a couple girls together, the seasoned party hostess who books a party every few months, or the couples who are looking to broaden their horizons, every party is a chance to open your mind and learn, taste, touch, feel, and share in the comfort of your own home.

GIVEAWAY:

I am very excited to be able to offer one of my readers their very own Super Deluxe Love Mitten to help you escape the stress of the holiday season, from Brandelyn Harris, Independent Consultant with Party Gals.

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Sign Brandy’s GuestBook on her site – www.YourPartyGalsDiva.com in the top right hand corner.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so.

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  • Follow PartyPlanDivas on Twitter {2 extra entries}
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    “Win a Super Deluxe Love Mitten from @partyplandivas http://wp.me/p1HIY7-1bz Ends 11/19 US Only #giveaway“
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Make sure you leave 1 comment for each entry to get credit!! Contest ends November 19, 2011.

 

8 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Home Party Plan Business

With the economy in the state that it is in, and dozens of Newspapers and TV Shows recommending the Direct Sales Party Plan Industry, people are coming by the thousands to find which Home Based Party Plan Business is right for them.  But how do you know which one to choose?  How do you know which one will be a good fit for you?

Thankfully there are literally hundreds of choices of Party Plan Companies all offering exceptional products and generous compensation plans.   In fact I would even go as far as to say you can guarantee success in ANY of the Party Plan Companies available – IF it is the right “fit” for you and you commit yourself to working the business.  So how do you know which one is the right fit?  Ask yourself these questions:

1. WHAT are you passionate about?

We all have a passion for something.  What kinds of things can you get really excited about?  Were you the girl helping everyone put makeup on for Prom?  Or do you enjoy cooking home made meals for your family?  Maybe you enjoy preserving people’s memories in pictures or decorating a home.  Or maybe you are the “Bling Queen” and love to help women feel fantastic adding just a bit of sparkle.

The truth is there are going to be down days in this business, and it will be your passion that gets you through them.   Ask yourself honestly what kind of product you can be so passionate about that you keep on keeping on, even when people are telling you no.

2.  WHAT are you strengths? 

If you were applying for a job position, what would the strengths be that you are bringing to the table?  Are you organized? A good communicator?  Do you like talking to groups of people or one on one?  Can you talk about delicate subjects and clearly communicate your recommendations?  Are you a good problem solver and interested in helping others?

3. HOW will you work?

Another great opportunity that the Party Plan Industry has to offer is freedom to work your business in different avenues.  Do you want to throw fun parties for groups of women?  Or sit one on one for consultations?  Do you want to work mostly online, or hand catalogs and brochures out around town?  Can you travel?  How many hours can you really commit to building your business?

4. WHAT does it cost to be in business?

Many times the only price that is ever advertised as a “getting started” cost is your initial Consultant Kit.  However, once you have signed the dotted line, you are then made aware of all of the other fees: credit card processing, monthly minimums,catalog prices,  order processing fees, party fees, Hostess Rewards, renewal fees…. Get the facts up front and do not be surprised later.

5. HOW often are new catalogs/product lines released?

Companies continuously add and remove products from their product line, but knowing how often you will be changing your demonstration or adding to your kit is important.   “New products” is a great reason to keep in touch with your customers, but changing your demo every month may also pose a problem.  Ask other Consultants how their “cycles” tend to run, and how their Corporate Offices handle the release of new products.

6. HOW will you get paid?

To someone new to the Party Plan Industry, a Compensation Plan can be pretty overwhelming.  Sadly many companies in an attempt to “stand out” are making their Compensation Plans harder and harder to understand.  When you have narrowed down the product line you want to carry from Question #1, and you have narrowed down the companies from #2 and #3, talk to Consultants from your remaining options and ask them specifically HOW they get paid.  Do they earn commission – money paid out collectively based on sales of a certain time period, or do you get a buying discount – where you purchase products at one price, and sell for a higher price.  Also, when you are paid on your team bonuses, are you paid in cash or in product?

7. WHAT kind of support does the company offer? 

When trying to choose between Party Plan Companies, looking for the “oldest” company is not always best.  Instead look for what kind of support and tools are offered to the Consultants.  Are you allowed to sell online with your own replicating website or shopping cart?   Does the company offer business tools such as catalogs, order forms, and product brochures at a reasonable price? Are there training opportunities available – either in person or virtually?  Companies who are staying with the times and not “hand cuffing” their consultants to the “old business ways” are striving in today’s market.

8. IF you change your mind, what is the buy-back policy?

Every company offers a buy-back policy should you change your mind about joining their company.   (If they do not, or there are a hundred hoops to jump through, this is a huge red flag!)  Get clear on what the buy back policy is with the hopes of course that you will never have to use it.  :)

Choosing the RIGHT Party Plan Company for you is a HUGE part of your success with this industry.  When I began, some 13 years ago,  I began with a great company… but it was not the right fit for me.  I knew I was on the right road… I just wasnt in the right car!   Once I found the right company for me, I used what I learned from my first company to skyrocket me to the top.

Whether you are brand new to the industry looking for a new Party Plan Company to join, or feeling like the company you are with just might not be the right fit for you, get the answers to these eight questions and choose the company that is perfect for YOU.